Earthquake felt across parts of UK
A minor earthquake with a 4.4 magnitude has affected parts of Wales and England.
The quake was felt over all of Wales, most of western England, as far east as London and as far north as the southern edge of the Lake District, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said. The epicentre was approximately 20km north-north-east of Swansea and at a depth of 7.4km, it added.
There have been no reports of serious damage or injuries.
Events of this magnitude happen in the UK every three to five years, the BGS said.
Roger Musson, from the BGS, said it was the largest earthquake in Britain for the last 10 years..
He said it was “relatively shallow” for a larger British earthquake; they are usually around 15-20km deep.
Twitter Post from South Wales Police commented:
“There has been a minor earthquake throughout South Wales….no need for you to contact the Emergency Services unless you have something to report ie:- injuries or damage. Hope this sets you minds at rest” SWP 2:50 PM – Feb 17, 2018
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By Chris Harris 21/02/2018
Hungary’s foreign minister Peter Szijjarto has hit back at Jean Asselborn’s claims that Viktor Orban was a “dictator”.
Hungary’s foreign minister has branded his Luxembourg counterpart “an idiot” in a row over immigration.
Peter Szijjarto, in an article published on the Hungarian government website, accused Jean Asselborn of wanting to flood Europe with migrants.
It comes after Luxembourg’s Asselborn criticised Viktor Orban’s government in Hungary, calling him a dictator.
He was giving an interview to German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel after Hungary passed laws clamping down on organisations that helped asylum seekers.
Asselborn said it represented an “attitude [that] suits a dictator who believes that the drive to maintain power is more important than any political moral decency”.
Szijjarto, responding to the criticism of Orban, said: “Jean Asselborn has crossed all possible boundaries with his latest statement.
“Jean Asselborn is an idiot, but the Hungarians are not; the people of Hungary have no need for of the Luxembourgian foreign minister’s crazy ideas to know what’s good for them.
“The Orban government is protecting Hungary’s security, but the Luxembourgian foreign minister would like to demolish the border security fence — together with George Soros and his comrades in principle in Hungary — and flood Hungary with migrants.”
Mr. Orban has been embroiled in an escalating “Stop Soros” feud with the 87-year-old philanthropist, waging a billboard and media campaign asserting that he would “settle millions from Africa and the Middle East”. George Soros has rejected the campaign against him as “distortions and lies” meant to create a false external enemy.
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By PA 25 Feb 2018
Some parts of the UK are set to feel colder than places in the Arctic Circle as the freezing temperatures continue into the week. Widespread snow is forecast, and the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
By the middle of the week, the majority of Britain is being warned of the potential for delays on the roads, trains and in the air.
The alert also warns there may be some power cuts and loss of mobile phone signal.
The Met Office said that by the end of Wednesday, more than 20cm of snow may have accumulated in some parts of eastern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Met Office meteorologist Charlie Powell said: “The UK is on track for some really cold weather this week. It’s not going to be record-breaking, but it’ll be pretty exceptional – winds are going to make it feel minus 10C (14F) to minus 15C (5F) during the day.
“We will see the first signs of that tonight in the shape of snow showers working all the way down the east coast.
“That continues into Monday, with snow showers moving across the country during the day before reaching Wales.
“Winds are then going to strengthen and we could see some easterly gales through the eastern Channel and east Anglia by the middle of the week.
“That’s going to make it feel really cold, daytime temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will be struggling to get above freezing for most of the country.”
He added: “By Thursday evening, there are growing signs there could be some significant snowfall across southern England.
“Unusually for Britain, the snow is going to be quite dry, so it will blow around and gather in drifts and we could see some blizzard conditions.
“We don’t want to scare people, but people should make sure they are prepared for some seriously cold weather.”
Lows of -5C (23F) recorded over the weekend marked the lowest temperature in the week leading up to March 1, the first day of spring, since 1986.
The wind chill, which could see parts of the UK feeling as cold as -15C (5F), rivals the temperatures forecast for parts of northern Norway and Iceland.
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